Bill Whitaker - Updated May 2024

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Bill Whitaker

Bill Whitaker is a television journalist from the United States. Bill Whitaker is known as the correspondent on the CBS News program, “60 Minutes.”

Early Life

Bill Whitaker was born on the 26th of August 1951, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States. Currently, he is 72 years old and according to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Virgo. He holds US citizenship and belongs to the African-American ethnicity.

The names of his parents are Mary Whitaker (mother) and William Whitaker (father). He has five siblings among them Virgil Whitaker, and Pauline Whitaker are two names of his siblings. Similarly, there is very little known about his early childhood life.

Caption: Bill Whitaker with his sister (Source: Delco Times)

Bill Whitaker – Education

In terms of his academic qualifications, he finished his Bachelor’s degree in American history from Hobart College. Later, he graduated from Boston University earning a Master’s degree in African-American studies. Moreover, he graduated from the journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley in 1978.

Professional Career

After completing his graduation, Bill Whitaker started his journey in the field of journalism. He began in 1979 at KQED in San Francisco, California. He began working as a correspondent for WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1982. From 1985 until 1989, he lived in Atlanta, Georgia, and covered politics. In November 1984, he began working as a reporter for CBS News.

From 1989 through 1992, he was the CBS News Tokyo correspondent. Additionally, he relocated to Los Angeles in November 1992 to work as a CBS News correspondent. In addition, he has covered many major events and incidents during his stint at CBS.

Caption: The cast crew of CBS News program, 60 Minutes (Source: USA Today)

Some examples are the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the Afghan War (specifically in Kabul).

Further, he has also written about racial issues such as policing in areas such as Cleveland, Chicago, and Tulsa. His first interview with Betty Jo Shelby, the former police officer accused of shooting and murdering Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, took place in Tulsa.

Moreover, he was named a correspondent for CBS News’ 60 Minutes in March 2014, where he began reporting in the fall season. After the passing of host Alex Trebek in 2021, it was reported that Whitaker, among others, would guest-host Jeopardy! His ten episodes aired between May 3-14, 2021.

Bill Whitaker – Awards

In 1997, Whitaker received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Knox College in Illinois in June 2015.

Caption: Bill Whitaker wins the Genesis Award (Source: KSDK)

In 2016, he was awarded a News & Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a News Magazine.

Similarly, he received a News & Documentary Emmy Award in 2018 for Outstanding Investigative Report in a News Magazine for his work on The Whistleblower.

Net Worth 2023

This American journalist has lived a good lifestyle and has good earnings. In addition, his net worth is estimated at around $3 million as of 2023. Whitaker is well-paid at the CBS network. In addition, he owns a high-rise residence in New York.

Bill, a CBS journalist, recently offered his home in Hollywood Hills West for $1,999,999. He purchased the property in 1993 with a net worth of $510,000.

Relationship Status

Bill Whitaker married Mrs. Terry. With the marriage, the pair has been blessed with two children, a son, Gail Whitaker, and a daughter, Lesley. There isn’t much information available on his wedding date, location, or previous relationships. He is currently living happily with his family.

Caption: Bill Whitaker with his wife (Source: BFA.COM)

Moreover, Whitaker has maintained good connections with everyone in his personal and professional life. As a result, he was not yet involved in any of the rumours or disputes.

Body Measurements

Caption: Bill Whitaker posing for a photo (Source: Scribd)

This American journalist stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs an average. In addition, he has a pair of brown eyes with black hair colour while his other body measurements are under review.

Bill Whitaker – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@thebillwhitaker’ there are over 1.4k followers. Likewise, there are 1.4k followers on his Facebook page and he has an account on LinkedIn.